We continue our theme of looking at 2005 ranges, today with Specialized's tarmac based bikes...
Featuring a frameset taking its design cues from the E5 made famous by 'Super' Mario Cipploini but with the addition of a carbon rear triangle (complete with Zertz elastomer inserts as seen on last years Roubaix and Sequoia), the Allez Expert comes complete with Kysriums (doesn't everything this year?) and Shimano's all new 20speed Ultegra groupset, should be a star for 2005.
Specialized continue to take womens bikes seriously with the 2005 Dolce with womens specific compact geometry 27speed drivetrain and Body Geometry finishing kit
Paul Vincent loved the E5 Tarmac superbike tested this year and for 2005 the Tarmac goes all carbon and available as a complete bike without the superbike spec! featuring Dura Ace style 3 piece chainset by FSA, Alex wheels and Specialized finishing kit it's a race ready carbon bike that will take upgrading as far you want to go.
Somewhat of a darkhorse in the Specialized range but certainly should'nt be overlooked, if you've only the space (or budget) for one bike the Sequoia fits the bill, Adjustable stem, Triple chainset and suspension seatpost offering all day comfort but a quick fettle with the allen keys drop the stem to a more aggressive angle and its go faster time!
The Roubaix for 2005 gets a new lick of paint (well colour anyway) gone has the all natural carbon finish and its now resplendent in deep blue, specced with 27spd shimano drivetrain (with the FSA dura ace style chainset) Alex wheelset and Specialized finishing kit gives the 2005 Roubaix a fast all day attitude.
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